Last weekend I took little weekend break in Warsaw with my fabulous flatmates (you know who you are). It was so much fun! It felt really special to finally be in Poland as I’m actually a 1/4 polish! As well as eating, drinking and exploring I learned a few polish words, but I won’t embarrass myself by trying to spell them for you…
We booked our flights a few months in advance for only £40 from Edinburgh to Warsaw Modlin. The flight was only 2.5 hours, which is funny considering it takes longer to drive to Inverness from Edinburgh!
Before leaving we prebooked train tickets to take us into the centre of Warsaw where our Airbnb was. However, the train station was a taxi ride away and took an hour. Learning from this experience we rode in an Uber (£23) to the airport, which took 40 mins and was just a little more expensive than the train and MUCH EASIER!
On that note Uber is your best friend in Polish cities as it’s so much cheaper than in the UK!
I had an amazing time in Warsaw and would recommend checking out these places…
What To See
1. The Old Town Market Place
This colourful square is the heart of Warsaw and one of the oldest places in Warsaw (it was rebuilt after WW2 ended). Find The Mermaid of Warsaw and enjoy the Christmas market stalls in Winter.
Legend has it that local fisherman wanted to capture the mermaid after she kept rescuing the fish from their nets. However, after the heard her singing they fell in love. Then a rich man imprisoned the mermaid,but the fisherman saved her. Ever since, she has been protecting Warsaw’s citizens with her sword and shield.
2. Warsaw Rising Museum
This museum was well worth a visit. It was created in memory of the people of Warsaw who died fighting for the independence of Poland.
Entry is free of charge every Sunday
3. Palace of Culture and Science
This is one of the most iconic buildings in the city. Unfortunately we ran out of time to visit, but we heard a rumour that the top floor is the best place to take a picture of Warsaw!
4. Royal Castle
This is one of the most beautiful buildings in Warsaw! Spend time wondering around the lavishly designed rooms of the Polish monarchs.
Entry is free of charge every Wednesday
Where To Eat
If you have been looking at any of my recent Instagram stories you probably saw brunch and Pierogi crop up a few times…. these were the stars of the show!!
Yes Polish is a very tricky language….so the link is above so you can find this gem too! This place was so cosy and is rated one of the best brunch spots in the city. Try the stack of pancakes!
According to two of my native friends, this traditional Polish restaurant serves some of the BEST PIEROGI (dumplings)!
If you want to stick to the local cuisine order a class of apple wine with your meal (it’s delicious).
Back to Brunch!!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day… and if you don’t wake up early enough this is the perfect solution…right?!
4. Hala Koszyki
This is one of the best indoor food markets I have ever been to. It’s such a relaxed environment with so many cuisines to sample. If you are vegan check out the range of vegan stalls here!
But what did I chose to eat again…..
Where To Drink
This quirky vodka bar is the perfect place to start your night out in Warsaw! Try the Pink Panther if you have a sweet tooth or Rainbow if you’re brave enough….
2. Nap Nap Cafe
This is the perfect stop for a midday mulled wine and cake!
If you want to take your night out to the next level check out the Sky Bar! Great cocktails, music and views!
Bare in mind the cocktails here are more like UK prices eg £10!
I hope you have enjoyed reading about my time in this cool city and have the chance to experience it for yourself!
I’m currently planning my next trip back to Poland….people to see and things to explore!